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Downers Grove Party Entertainers

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Nick Connell
5.0
from 138 reviews
  • 21 years in business
  • 192 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Megan S.
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We had such a positive experience with Nick! He twisted balloons for our son's 4th birthday and it was the hilight of the party. He was so creative and a pleasure to work with. The kids had a blast! Very responsive, punctual and a great value. Highly recommend!!

Standing Ovation DJ's
4.9
from 128 reviews
  • 19 years in business
  • 292 hires on Thumbtack
Stacie G.
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We haven't had our event yet as it is in March, but so far, I am so pleased! We are using Joe and Standing Ovations for a Karaoke party at my little boys residential facility for special needs. I can't wait! Joe has been so pleasant to work with and I can not wait for the event. I recommend this company for sure!

Grampy's Magic
4.6
from 116 reviews
  • 6 years in business
  • 196 hires on Thumbtack
Jill C.
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My family had a wonderful experience with Grampy’s magic. He was entertaining to both little kids and adults alike. I would definitely recommend Grampy to other family’s looking for genuine, cost effective entertainment for their party. Thanks Grampy you were awesome! 👍

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  • 10 years in business
  • 174 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Natalie S.
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Such an amazing artist, all of the face paints looked great. I had tons of comments and questions about where i found her, and who she was. I of course passed along the information. I truly want to thank Saharas Party Faces, for a great job and making my daughters birthday a success!

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VisualEtiquette
4.9
from 91 reviews
  • 184 hires on Thumbtack
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Michelle T.
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We had Emil for our wedding on February 20, 2015. He was right on time and started taking pictures right away. He was extremely awesome. He was showing me the pictures as he was taking them to show me what we needed to do to get the best pictures. We gave him so little to work with and he was extremely creative. We were missing people from the wedding party and instead of wasting time, he just started taking more pictures. we can't wait to share the pictures with our family and friends. My husband and I were trying to go low cost, and we got a bargain. Thank you Emil for helping make our special day so smooth and worry free. And for putting up with my insane bridal party and family!

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  • 40 years in business
  • 155 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Asha B.
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It was an awesome experience with Normanjean in our party. Kids really enjoyed .

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  • 13 years in business
  • 113 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Teresa B.
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John was an excellent choice for my daughter's sweet 16 party, he kept over 50 teenagers entertained for hours. He was very professional, personable and flexible which was great, Our night was complete with his music style and skills, we danced all night. Great memories made.

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Pocket Circus
5.0
from 53 reviews
  • 17 years in business
  • 77 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Park C.
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Very nice magic show at an affordable price. Everyone at my party, including both kids and adults enjoyed the show and had a lot of laughs.

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Tracy's Fun Face Paintings!
4.9
from 50 reviews
  • 3 years in business
  • 77 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Valerie M.
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Tracy was wonderful! We had a subdivision block party with about 200 people. Her paintings were great and the families really enjoyed having her at our event!

Best Booth Plus
4.9
from 49 reviews
  • 8 years in business
  • 82 hires on Thumbtack
Therese A.
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The attendant was friendly, everyone enjoyed the pictures - especially the slideshow during the party. Would definitely hire them again.

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TwistiCity
5.0
from 44 reviews
  • 5 years in business
  • 58 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Michelle S.
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Very easy to book and work with! Everyone at the party loved the balloons and face painting. Would definitely recommend them and use them again in the future. Thank you for a great day!

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Steve Belliveau
4.7
from 41 reviews
  • 28 years in business
  • 84 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Ceshia W.
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We have hired Steve for an Adult Birthday party. Very professional and friendly over the phone. We have heard so many wonderful things about his quality of work from others. I will post our overall experience and thoughts after the party. Can't wait!

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Intuitive Consultations
4.6
from 37 reviews
  • 28 years in business
  • 84 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Kelly S.
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All my guests loved her!! I would highly recommend her for any party or event!

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  • 6 years in business
  • 41 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Kristen B.
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Edwin was great to work with. I booked him for two events. One was a fundraiser for adults with about 250 people. One was a 10th birthday party for 20 girls. For both events Edwin went above and beyond to make sure every detail was just what I wanted. He also traveled through a snow storm to make it to my daughter’s bday! For both events he arrived early and was set up and ready to go by the time the events started. Highly recommend!!!

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Ryan Gorey Media
5.0
from 20 reviews
  • 4 years in business
  • 29 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Dave S.
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Super job! Not a ton of dancers in our group, but all enjoyed the mix and quality of music that Ryan played. Our group ranged in age from eight to 80 and Ryan kept up an excellent mix that engaged all even when he played songs outside of a generation's sweet spot. He also presented an excellent light show. It was the first time we had a DJ at our block party, and it brought a lot of new energy to the gathering. We plan to bring Ryan back next year!

  • 12 years in business
  • 64 hires on Thumbtack
Marilyn D.
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The photographer manages to capture all the special things in each wedding, with memories for the wedding couple to enjoy for the rest of their lives. Very clever and innovative photos. The photo booth encourages everyone to let their hair down, act silly, and enjoy the party and each other. There are lots of fun props to encourage everyone to use their imagination.

GN Events
4.7
from 19 reviews
  • 19 years in business
  • 30 hires on Thumbtack
Dave K.
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Had gene at our anniversary party. Would highly recommend that if you need a dj to contact him , very easy to work with and very reasonable priced .

Tamariel Paints
4.6
from 14 reviews
  • 20 hires on Thumbtack
Debbie E.
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My family and I attended a Chai Lifeline Purim party on Sunday, Feb. 17, 2013, where Tamar from Tamariel paints was face painting the kids...as usual, Tamar did an amazing job, not only face painting, but making ALL my kids, special needs kids included, feel like a million bucks. She is wonderful, patient, and skilled. She gives each child her undivided attention. We have been to many functions where Tamar has worked, and my children look forward to getting face painted by her. It is the highlight of every party, and when Tamar is not there, they are very disappointed. I would recommend Tamar and Tamariel paints to anyone looking for a great face painting experience.

PrimeTime Photo Booths
4.6
from 12 reviews
  • 6 years in business
  • 15 hires on Thumbtack
Astockman S.
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Great job with my 4 year olds birthday party. Everyone enjoyed the booth

Psychic reader and advisor
5.0
from 7 reviews
  • 14 years in business
  • 2 hires on Thumbtack
Debbie L.
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We hired Sophia for my son's graduation party. It was definitely the highlight of the party. She was even willing to stay a half hour beyond her scheduled time to accommodate all of the guests. Thanks Sophia for helping us make this a memorial experience for our son.

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BOUNCE 'N' CELEBRATIONS
5.0
from 7 reviews
  • 14 years in business
  • 17 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Lauren Z.
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Zoltan with Bounce N Celebrations did an AMAZING job at my son's 3-year-old birthday party. We had about 35 kids between the ages of 2-8, and he was very patient, very professional, very engaging, and the kids absolutely LOVED his work! The glitter tattoos were the biggest hit, but the balloon swords and wands were not to go unnoticed - the kids loved those as well. Zoltan is extremely prompt and thorough. He got RIGHT back to me any time I called with a question or an update weeks before the party, he was very clear when he outlined what I should expect or needed to do, and he just made everything very simple and easy on my end. I felt in good hands and I could tell right away he was a reliable professional and person who I could trust. He is also very kind and reasonable and humble, and he is good with the kids. He didn't mind staying a little later so that some of the kids could get a balloon in addition to their tattoos, and when one child's balloon popped, he made another one even though the party was over and he had packed up all of his things. He didn't even bat an eye about it - it was his natural reaction to unpack and fix the problem. He was really perfect entertainment for our party, and we look forward to hiring him again. I strongly recommend Bounce N' Celebrations. Thank you Zoltan!!

Q & A

Answers to commonly asked questions from the experts on Thumbtack.

What is a mariachi band?

Mariachi bands are rooted in Mexican culture. Traditional mariachi bands consisted of two or more members playing stringed instruments, wearing regional costumes adapted from the charro (Mexican horseman or cowboy). Modern mariachi bands, which are likely what you’re looking for when searching for a mariachi band for hire, feature at least four members who play stringed instruments (violin, vihuela, bass guitar called guitarron) and one or more trumpets. The costumes have remained the same, but now trumpets are synonymous with mariachi music. Mariachi bands for hire often play a wide range of music, including styles originating from Mexico and adopted from elsewhere. These include jarabes, waltzes, serenades, corridos (Mexican ballads), ranchera, cumbia, and more. Mariachi bands for hire bring a festive and soulful element to a party, birthday, wedding, corporate affair, fundraiser or community event. UNESCO has inscribed mariachi music on the Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity.

What is a photo booth rental?

A party photo booth is a fun, interactive experience where guests can take a series of photos (usually three or four) that are immediately printed out on a strip as a keepsake. When you rent a party photo booth, the company sets up the booth or photo station at your event; a photographer staffs the booth and coaches guests on how to use it throughout the event. Often the photo booth rental company provides props like silly hats, wigs and glasses. There are different types of party photo booth rentals. An open-air booth has a curtain or backdrop that allows more freedom of movement and enables more people to use it at one time. The traditional enclosed photo booths that you may have seen at the mall or the fair tend to cost more to rent, as they are harder to transport and also cost more for the pros to purchase. The national average cost for party photo booth rentals is $400-$500.

What does a fortune teller do?

A fortune teller offers insight into people’s past, present and future through private readings. Some fortune tellers read palms or use tarot cards, runes, or tea leaves to see into a client’s future. Other fortune tellers consider themselves psychics, numerologists and mystics who look for patterns and meaning in seemingly random events, such as stirred tea leaves or the draw of a tarot card. By interpreting what they see in the cards or leaves, fortune tellers answer their clients’ questions about their lives, such as who or when they’ll marry, whether they should quit their job, or whether they should have a baby. Tarot card readings are a particularly popular way of having your future told, because they’re such a familiar method of fortune telling. More importantly, you can guide a tarot reading by asking the specific questions that are most important to you. By interpreting the cards you’ve drawn, the fortune teller may give you new insight into yourself and help you make an important decision. For some people, fortune tellers are simply amusing, but for others, they offer helpful guidance and spiritual nourishment.  

How many mariachis can a band have?

A mariachi band for hire can have as many players as you like. Modern mariachi bands typically have a minimum of four players with the trumpet playing a vital musical role along with stringed instruments such as the violin, guitarrón (a Mexican bass guitar with a deep body), vihuela (a Spanish stringed guitar) and guitar. Strong vocals are also an important component of mariachi bands for hire, since one or more of the players will be singing during the performance. For a truly spectacular show, you can hire a mariachi band with 15 or more players. The medley of stringed instruments, multiple trumpets, soaring vocals, and even an accordion or harp is powerful and beautiful. Mariachis typically wear the traditional costume of charros — Mexican horsemen. The look is a very regal, monotone suit, often in black or white, with silver adornments and embroidery. Mariachi bands often wear sombreros as well. Traditional mariachi bands were only made up of two or more players, according to a UNESCO report celebrating the cultural heritage of the musical style. The style of music originated in the state of Jalisco. Now the style of music is symbolic of Mexico but is celebrated all over the world, and adds a fabulous vibrancy to any group’s events, parties and weddings.

How much does a mariachi band cost?

A mariachi band will bring your party or event alive with their fabulous costumes, beautiful playing and strong vocals. The cost of a mariachi band for hire will depend on how many players are in the group. Each musician in a performance group needs to be paid, so pricing is usually based on the number of mariachis (musicians), the location of the event (and travel time required), and the length of the performance. Day of the week also affects cost, as does day — Christmas, New Year’s Eve and other major holidays will cost more than regular days. The national average cost for live bands of all types ranges between $740 and $1,200. Depending on where you live and regional rates for performers, you might expect to pay between $65 and $120 per hour, per player. Mariachi groups may have 12-15 players available for performance at one time, depending on your budget. Here are some examples of how the number of players affects average cost:

  • Four mariachis: $300 per hour for weeknights, $400 per hour for weekends.
  • Five mariachis: $350 per hour for weeknights, $400-$450 per hour for weekends. Weekends may have a minimum number of hours.
  • Six mariachis: $400 per hour for weeknights, $450-$500 per hour for weekends.

Actual Requests

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Need photo booth rental

Naperville, IL

  • Event type
    Wedding
  • Indoor or outdoor event
    Indoors
  • Type of booth
    I'm not sure yet
  • Props needed?
    Yes
  • Number of people
    Over 200 (please estimate)
  • Age of guests
    18 and older
  • Details
    at the denada house
  • $469
    Average price

Need photo booth rental

Clarendon Hills, IL

  • Event type
    School event
  • Indoor or outdoor event
    Indoors
  • Type of booth
    I'm not sure yet
  • Props needed?
    Yes
  • Number of people
    100-150
  • Age of guests
    6-11
  • Details
    it is a mother son dance
  • $431.8
    Average price

Need Event DJ

Downers Grove, IL

  • Event type
    Other (Christmas Party)
  • Number of guests
    51 - 100
  • Age of guests
    50 or older
  • Music preferences
    Pop, Rock, Other (Dance Music)
  • Indoors or outdoors?
    Indoors
  • Venue Sound Equipment
    No, DJ must provide sound equipment
  • Equipment/services needed
    MC: No, Microphones: Yes, Lighting: Yes, Fog machine: No
  • Total budget for DJ
    $600-$700
  • Details
    Dinner is being served at 7:30
  • $514
    Average price
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